Beneficiation of Chipped and Shredded Woody Biomass

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2009-01114
Amount: $350,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
FOREST CONCEPTS, LLC
3320 W VALLEY HWY N STE 110, Auburn, WA, 98001
DUNS: 048921824
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Dooley
 Chief Technology Officer
 (253) 333-9663
 jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Business Contact
 James Dooley
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (253) 333-9663
Email: jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Tens of millions of tons of prunings, land clearing debris, logging slash, and urban greenwood are chipped or ground each year as a means of volume reduction and disposal. Commingled chipped whole plant materials have little value other than as compost, mulch and direct combustion energy. Capture of clean wood fiber from commingled shredded and chipped wood will increase the fiber supply to composite wood products facilities which manufacture particle board, fiberboard and related products and thus improve their sustainability in a time when traditional sawmill sources for fiber are in decline. Reprocessing chipped logging and forest management slash into higher value intermediate products improves the return from forest management and has the potential to reduce the public cost of stewardship and wildfire protection projects. Separation of the bark and wood content of commingled woody biomass feedstocks may improve the yield of second generation transportation liquid fuel processes and improve the economics of producing both residential and industrial grade solid fuel pellets. Across all of these applications, the implementation of reprocessing technologies is likely to stimulate creation of new jobs and economic activity in timber dependent communities as well as in industrial neighborhoods of the urban centers.

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